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Old 04-17-2016, 10:54 PM   #15
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Insurance company requires storage bays to be locked or no theft coverage. Check your policy.

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Old 04-18-2016, 01:40 AM   #16
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Old Arab saying.......

"Trust your neighbor, but tie your Camel."

We usually have many hundreds of dollars worth of "Good Junk" including all of the meat, etc. in our freezer, AND the freezer itself.

It is worth the aggravation I go through to keep them locked. DW hates that I do because she can never remember which key is what, but...I am a patient man.

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Old 04-18-2016, 03:30 AM   #17
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I have never locked mine. I guess I would if I felt the need to.
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Old 04-18-2016, 03:39 AM   #18
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We lock 'em - knowing it won't stop a determined thief but hoping it will discourage at least some potential miscreants. Looking them does seem to help with unwanted storage compartment door openings while we're underway. Unlocked compartments seem more likely to open.
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Old 04-18-2016, 06:18 AM   #19
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Replacing thief damaged doors on my outside compartments would cost much more in time, money and effort, than replacing any of the goods carried inside the compartments. I only lock them while traveling, as I feel the locks might help prevent the doors from opening from bouncing along over rough sections of road.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:31 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by RV Vagabond View Post
Then I guess I should have a dog in every storage bin.
Sorry, but I read your post late and I was obviously not paying attention to the real topic. We do generally lock the compartments since I only have to flip a switch inside the coach to do so.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:46 AM   #21
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16 different coaches in 20 plus years, never locked a bay once and never lost 1 item anywhere

I've had the same "pet free" coach for 20 years.
Like you I have never locked a bay and have never had anything go missing.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:05 AM   #22
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To Lock or not?

My yellow lab Dolly is the most valuable possession to me I will ever have at this time. I don't want to do anything to slow down or impede getting Dolly out in the event of a fire. I have had one fire due to the Norcold refer. I was at home when it happened...the MH fills with the black, green and yellow smoke so fast it hardly give you time to get to the door. I never ever lock the door when away, ..please help your self inside...anything of value "Cash..I keep in a safe".
Cargo Doors...all I have is paper towels, soap and rags..I never lock them either. If you want my rags and soap, please help yourself...don't "roofy" my doors with a pry bar.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:07 AM   #23
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in my fifteen years as a service manager, I have talked to thousands of customers. Security has always been high on the list of topics. I never had a single customer lose anything at a private campground. A few had things stolen from the patio at State Parks. The state park thefts were at parks that were on lakes. There were several "fishermen" at the parks. ("fishermen" are some times, guys who want to sit in a boat and drink beer all weekend.) Most of the theft's were at storage facilities. I bought my first motorhome in 1974. I have never had a problem with theft.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:09 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by chrisancher View Post
16 different coaches in 20 plus years, never locked a bay once and never lost 1 item anywhere
16 coaches in 20 years??Man you make my 7 in 42 years seem trivial!! Just curious how many different brands or did you work for a manufacturer?
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:13 AM   #25
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Just out of habit, ours are always locked. That may change. Our insurance deductible is $1000 and the total value of contents in the compartments is around $800. So no call to insurance company for pilfered contents but possibly $1000 out of pocket to have damaged compartment door's replaced/repaired.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:38 AM   #26
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With the camper as with everything else. If it has a lock, I lock it. If it doesn't have a lock, I add a lock and lock it. Having said that, I bet we would all be amazed at how many other RV's share the same key that ours does. I'm told it is very common. Keeping the honest guy honest is probably accurate here...
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:47 AM   #27
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Insurance company requires storage bays to be locked or no theft coverage. Check your policy.
Nothing like that in my policy. Not for bays or even the entry doors or windows. Not in my stick house policy either.

We rarely lock ours, but I think it depends on where you go. We mostly avoid palces where theft is more than a dim possibility, so we are not concerned. I've been in areas less, uh, favorable, and would certainly lock in those circumstances. That includes Walmart parking lots.
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We always lock ours!


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